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My Day at Northwest Trek, a Wildlife Park in Washington State

Updated on October 2, 2014

A Great Place to See BUFFALO & MOOSE near Mount Rainier & Not Far from Seattle!

This summer we've decided to take day trips, doing things we wouldn't normally do on a regular day, seeing things that tourists might see, and enjoying the beautiful state of Washington!

This lens is about my recent trip to Northwest Trek, which has animals like buffalo and elk that freely roam around.. Admission comes with a guided tram tour to see them all! They also have other areas which are similar to a zoo, but it is really a wildlife park.

It's really close to Mt Rainier

On the way there, we took a wrong turn, which led us on a windy road, with this spectacular view of Mount Rainier! It's the closest I've been to Mt Rainier yet, although someday I hope to take this Mt Rainier Train ride. (Another great day trip from Tacoma!)

Official Video Sampler of the Tram Tour

This video just shows you the tip of the iceberg. We had a very informative and funny tram guide, which really made the ride super enjoyable! It was exciting to try to spot the animals and also to see many of the animals up-close.

Baby Bison

The week we visited (in July), a baby buffalo was born! In this picture, you can see several babies.. Depending on when you visit, you might see baby animals :)

The Bison Kicking up Dust!

What an interesting behavior to observe.. there was no dust, and then with a few movements, a cloud of dust formed...

These sheep were in front of the tram so we had to slooooow down!

These sheep were in front of the tram so we had to slooooow down!
These sheep were in front of the tram so we had to slooooow down!

The Best Part of Northwest Trek

- A beaver did summersaults for us.

- The sheep wouldn't get out of the road so our tram ride was a bit longer and funnier.

- Searching for animals!

- Way better than just hanging out in the woods, hoping to see a bird or somethin'!

The Worst Part of Northwest Trek is...

...that you only get one tram ride per admission. :(

(Our tram guide reminded us that these Canada Geese we saw were the same species responsible for taking down that plane over the Hudson!)

And it is all located at...

Northwest Trek:
11610 Trek Drive East, Eatonville, WA 98328

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What's this?

I mixed up my photos a bit. You know, downloaded them all into the main directory on my hard drive, and now I can't remember when I took this picture. Maybe you can help me out a bit.

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A Raccoon Up-Close - It's rare that you get to see this common animal pose for you!

An Otter Going Out on a Limb for Me!!

More Videos from Northwest Trek

Some families documented their vacations to the wildlife park :)

Recommended Guide Books about Western Washington - Best Places to Hike & Things to See

Have an opinion? A question? A comment? Of course you do! And, I'd love to hear from you!

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    • Sara Krentz profile image

      Sara Krentz 

      6 years ago from USA

      This brings back fond memories for me - Northwest Trek is awesome!

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      6 years ago

      I was just thinking, "wow, buffalo?" Amazing to find buffalo there!

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      8 years ago

      Fantastic day trek you got to enjoy. I am an animal lover and an otter in the wild is one that I have never seen but would love to! Angel Blessed and featured on Angel Wings November 2010.

    • Wednesday-Elf profile image


      8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      What interesting animals at the Northwest Trek wildlife park. Lovely photographs. The side road detour that allowed you to take that stunning photo of Mount Rainier interested me even more. THAT's where I'd love to visit!

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image


      8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Howdy. I made a lens on Northwest Trek, too. It's an awesome place to visit. I think your photos turned out much better than mine!

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      8 years ago

      Very cool place, I'd love to visit it!

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      Vicki Green 

      8 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Nice lens! I love Northwest Trek, but haven't visited there for a few years. You've inspired me to go back soon!

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      8 years ago

      Oh Wow! I HAVE been to Mount Ranier and stayed in one of the enormous lodges there but I never made it to this park. There's some great photos here and this lens is exactly the type I would like to see more of in the Animals and Nature category. SquidAngel Blessings for you!

      Thank you for the comment you left on my APD lens - I have replied ;)

    • CoolFoto profile image


      9 years ago

      Nice lens. We have made the trip from Florida to Seattle 3x. Once we stayed overnight in the lodge on Mt. Ranier. We didn't see any animals. It is beautiful country!!


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